Board of Directors
Mr. Jinnan (Marco) Lai has served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of LIZHI INC. (“LIZHI BVI”) since December 2010 and our director and Chief Executive Officer since January 2019. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the chief executive officer for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.
Mr. Ning Ding has served as a director of LIZHI BVI since March 2012 and our director since January 2019. Mr. Ding has been the chief technology officer of Guangzhou LIZHI Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Guangzhou LIZHI”) since 2010. Previously, Mr. Ding served as the deputy general manager of technology for Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2007 to 2010. He worked for Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd. as its development manager from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Ding graduated from Southwest University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and technology.
Mr. Zelong Li has served as a director of LIZHI BVI since June 2017 and our director since March 2019. Mr. Li has been our Chief Operating Officer since March 2021 and a vice president of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2010. Before joining us, Mr. Li served as a product manager of Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Li graduated from Guangdong Mechanical & Electrical College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in computer application.
Ms. Xi (Catherine) Chen has served as our director since Jan 2020. Ms. Chen also served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from 2019 to June 2020. Previously, Ms. Chen worked at Goldman Sachs Investment Banking division from 2010 to 2019 and served as an executive director from 2016 to 2019. Before that, Ms. Chen worked in the London offices of the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2010. Ms. Chen received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Tsinghua University.
Ms. Juan Ren has served as our Vice President since May 2015 and our director since January 2020. Ms. Ren has been the vice president of Guangzhou LIZHI since 2011. Previously, Ms. Ren served as a financial manager at a branch of Shenzhen B&K New Energy Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Ren graduated from Hubei Polytechnic University.
Mr. Yipeng Li has served as our independent director since January 2020. Mr. Li has served as the chief financial officer of Sunlands Technology Group (NYSE: STG) since September 2017, for which Mr. Li tendered resignation for personal reasons on April 2, 2020, effective April 30, 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Li served as the chief financial officer of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited (HKEx: 241) from 2015 to 2017 and the vice president of iQIYI, Inc. (Nasdaq: IQ) in charge of its finance and legal department from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Li is a member of Chinese Institution of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Yinquan Li has served as our independent director since January 2020. Mr. Li has served as a director of China Merchants Capital Investment Co., Ltd. since January 2012 and its chief executive officer from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Li also serves as an independent non-executive director of Genertec Universal Medical Group Company Limited (HKEx: 2666), Million Cities Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2892), Hong Kong Shanghai Alliance Holdings Limited (HKEx: 1001), and Kimou Environmental Holding Limited (HKEx: 6805). Prior to that, Mr. Li served respectively as the General Manager of Financial Department, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President/Deputy General Manager of China Merchants Group since January 2000. Mr. Li also served as an executive director of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (formerly known as China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited) (HKEx: 144) from 2001 to 2015, a non-executive director of China Merchants Bank Co., Ltd. (HKEx: 3968; SSE: 600036) from 2001 to 2016, an executive director of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd. (SSE: 601872) from 2007 to 2010, and an executive director of China Merchants China Direct Investments Limited (HKEx: 133) from 2008 to 2017. Mr. Li received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Shaanxi Institute of Finance and Economics, master’s degree in economics from the PBC School of Finance of Tsinghua University (formerly known as Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China), and master’s degree in banking and finance for development from Finafrica Institute in Milan, Italy.
Mr. Ming Zhang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Zhang has nearly 20 years of experiences in Internet technology industry. He founded Great Wall Club Inc. in 2008 and has been serving as the Chairman of its Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He is also a prominent cross-border angel investor and the founder of GASA University.
Mr. Xiang Wang has served as our independent director since July 2020. Mr. Wang has joined Xiaomi Corporation since 2015, serving as its President and Acting Chief Financial Officer since 2019 and the Senior Vice President from 2015 to 2019. He has over 20 years of experiences in semiconductor and communication industry. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Greater China. Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Beijing University of Technology.
Professor Guo has served as our independent director since September 2020. Professor Guo has over 30 years of experience in data science and machine learning and has been developing innovative technology in the industry since the mid-1990s. Professor Guo is currently serving as the Vice-President (Research and Development) of Hong Kong Baptist University (the “HKBU”), leading the development of the university’s overall research strategy, research infrastructure and postgraduate education since January 2020. Professor Guo has also been serving as a Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London since 2002, adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School since 2016 and the founding director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College since 2014. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) in 2018. Professor Guo founded InforSense Limited in 1999, an Imperial College spin-off software company specializing in big data analysis for life science and medicine, and served as its CEO until 2009. After InforSense Limited was merged with IDBS, a global advanced R&D software provider, in 2009, Professor Guo served as the Chief Innovation Officer of the IDBS until 2018. Professor Guo received a first-class honours degree in Computing Science from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Computational Logic from Imperial College.